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Approach to Appellate Litigation

Sophisticated legal analysis, like effective presentation of facts, is critical to success in court. It is, however, a separate discipline requiring specialized training and skills. The Mayer Brown Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group has assembled a large number of practitioners with extensive experience and demonstrated talent in the field of appellate litigation.

Our practice group gives special emphasis to in-depth legal research and policy analysis, relying on economics and social science literature as well as conventional legal authorities. We are experienced in constitutional interpretation, analysis of complex legislation, and presentation of policy arguments through the Brandeis-brief technique.

Our practice group typically brings together a combination of talent to develop the most fruitful litigation theories and to focus research needed for legal briefs. Although senior lawyers receive assistance from junior members of the practice group, the senior lawyers themselves participate in all phases of the drafting and review of appellate briefs. The aim of the practice group is to produce arguments and briefs that are not only meticulously researched, logically developed, and correctly attuned to particular courts, but also highly readable and engaging to busy appellate judges.

Cases handled by our practice group frequently require specialized techniques of litigation management and multi-party coordination. Amicus curiae support often must be solicited from influential trade associations in the private sector. State, federal, and foreign government units also must be approached to explore amicus curiae participation. And the latest scholarly research must be brought to bear on issues of public policy. Our practice group provides this specialized case management in addition to the highest quality briefs and oral arguments.

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